In Colorado, summer is hail season, pure and simple. It is not unusual for my fair state to receive 5 hail storms in a week at times. And we’re not talking miniscule hail either. We’retalking golf ball-sized and–at times–softball sized hail stones. Needless to say, those giant hail stones really pack a punch. They damage trees, shredding leaves and strewing them on the ground. They damage cars, leaving giant dents and breaking windows. They also damage houses: paint, siding, and screen doors. And, of course, they absolutely damage roofs by causing major damage to the shingles.
The most troubling aspect of hail is our inability to protect ourselves from it. If we are caught in a hail storm, we have to just allow our cars to get dented. We have to allow our paint to be chipped, our screen doors shredded. We have to allow our shingles to be damaged. In this last case, thought, a good roofing company can help. J & K Roofing or a similarly reputable roofing company can come to your house, perform and inspection, and advise you as to whether roof repair or replacement is necessary. If repair is necessary, the roofing company can provided that repair, stemming the tide of damage if an already-compromised shingle is subsequently hit by another damaging hail storm. Likewise, if total replacement is what the doctor ordered, the roofers can certainly replace the roof. As a side note, it is often less expensive to replace a roof than it is to repair it.
As previously stated, acting fast in the case that you need to repair the roof can help mitigate any further damage that might occur should you let the problem slide. I know of a case of a homeowner whose roof was hit by a hail storm in August. The home owner, however, did not act as she should have in response: calling a roofing company and requesting an inspection. Instead, she did not request an inspection. Instead, she let things slide. Later, she would sorely regret her decision. Another storm came 10 months later causing more damage on top of the damage that already existed on her roof. At this point, the damage had compounded, and she had to totally replace her roof whereas if she had acted after the August storm, she might have been able to lessen the destruction to her roof.
No matter how fast you act, though, the fact remains that hail is and will always be a threat in certain parts of the country. This may seem defeatist, like it presents only a black black future for your roof. Be heartened, though, to know that many hail storms do not cause damage that is. In other words, many of these storms do not create a situation where total roof replacement is necessary. In such happy cases, a smart homeowner, again, will work together with a roofing company to determine the best plan for the roof.
If you are in a situation where you suspect hail damage to your roof, my best advice is that you reach out to a contractor now. Don’t put this one off.